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Larson Announces Winner of First Congressional District Art Competition

April 6, 2016
Press Release

Manchester, CT – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced the winner of the First Congressional District Art Competition at the Dehn Gallery at MCC on Main.  The competition is open to high school students in Connecticut’s First District. Out of 43 entries, Mya Concepcion of Conard High School in West Hartford took home the top prize. As this year’s winner, Concepcion’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, and  she will receive a trip down to Washington for the installation as well as a $3,000 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design or Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Mya Concepcion's winning entry in the 2016 First District Congressional Art Competition
 Mya Concepcion’s winning entry.

“Congratulations to Myaon winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition and thank you to everyone who submitted pieces—you are all very talented” said Larson.  “I always look forward to seeing the creative and passionate work our students create. This competition gives young artists the chance to make their voices heard through their art. We must encourage our youth to continue to create work that helps transcend the boundaries of society and speak to our communities as a whole.”

The judges also awarded six honorable mentions to:

  • Andre Fischer of Northwest Region 7
  • Brianna Lamari of Rocky Hill High School
  • Erin Robles of Conard High School
  • Olivia Sanford of East Granby
  • Rachel Casertano of St. Paul Catholic High School
  • Kady Allen of Wethersfield High School

The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982 to allow members of Congress the opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talents of the youth in their communities.  Since its creation, over 650,000 students nationwide have participated in the competition.